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The Listening HandIlana Rubenfeld, has been called "the Great Mother of the body-oriented therapy movement," a stand-up comic, and, last but not least, a world-recognized pioneer in integrating psychotherapy, intuition and bodywork. Ilana directs bodymind energy as if she were conducting a symphony—and well she should. The founder of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method® she graduated from the Juilliard School of Music and enjoyed a career in music conducting until a debilitating back spasm re-orchestrated her life journey to become an influential teacher, healer and inspirational workshop leader for the past 35 years.

Ilana is a well-known keynote speaker and workshop leader who has presented thousands of workshops world-wide. She is a faculty member of the Omega and Esalen Institutes and the New York Open Center. Ilana celebrates over 20 years of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method® Professional Training Program, which has certified over 400 synergists to date.

In 1994, Ilana was given the "Pathfinder Award" by the Association of Humanistic Psychology for of humanistic psychology.

She is the author of:

  • The Listening Hand: Self-Healing Through the Rubenfeld Synergy Method of Talk and Touch (Bantam 2000)
  • Beginner's Hands: Twenty-five Years of Simple (Somatics 1988)
  • Ushering in a Century of Integration (Somatics 1990-91)
  • Chapters in Changing Approaches to Psychotherapy, Grayson and Lowe (1978)
  • Psychotherapy Handbook, Henrik (1979)
  • Gestalt Therapy: Perspectives and Applications, Nevins (1992)
  • Healing the Emotional/Spiritual Body. In Christine Caldwell (ed.), Getting in Touch: The Guide to New Body-Centered Therapies, Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 179-210 (1997)
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